How to Create a Guest Operating System Profile
Updated: January 15, 2013
Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager
You can use the following procedure to create a guest operating system profile in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). A guest operating system profile specifies the operating system settings that you want the virtual machine to use when the virtual machine is created and deployed.
To create a guest operating system profile
Open the Library workspace.
On the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create, and then click Guest OS Profile.
The New Guest OS Profile dialog box opens.
On the General tab, in the Name box, enter a name for the guest operating system profile. For example, enter Domain-joined Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.
Click the Guest OS Profile tab, and then configure the desired settings. For example, you can configure the following settings:
For the computer name, you can provide a pattern to generate computer names. For example, if you type server####, the computer names created will be server0001, server0002, and so on. Using a pattern ensures the scaling out of a service generates unique computer names for the virtual machines and that the computer names generated are related and identifiable. If you use this method to specify the computer name, you cannot use it in combination with a name prompt parameter (@<name>@). You can use one method or the other, but not both.
Local administrator account password
Note If you want to use the guest operating system profile in a virtual machine template that will be used in a service template, under Admin Password, do not use the No local administrator credential required option. You can either specify the password of the local administrator account, or select a Run As account.
Which operating system to install
Note If you choose an edition of Windows Server 2003, you must ensure that the .NET Framework 2.0 or later is installed on the virtual hard disk before you attempt to deploy the virtual machine as part of a service. The .NET Framework is needed by the agent used by VMM.
Which domain to join
If you want to use the guest operating system profile in a virtual machine template that will be used in a service template, under Networking, you must configure Active Directory domain settings. Use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, enter contoso.com as the domain name. The domain must have a two-way trust relationship with the domain of the VMM management server.
Which Windows Server roles or features to install
The settings for roles or features apply only if you deploy the virtual machine as part of a service. Also, for these settings, with VMM in System Center 2012, the source virtual hard disk must have the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system installed. With VMM in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the source virtual hard disk can have either Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 installed.
After you have made your selections, click OK.
- Computer name
To verify that the profile was created, in the Library pane, expand Profiles, and then click Guest OS Profiles.
The guest operating system profile appears in the Profiles pane.
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